Falls always look funny when you see them in TV programmes, don’t they? Yet we recognise such falls are scripted to happen in a certain way, and of course you never see the crash mats the actors fall onto in these situations. If you fall in real life, there are no such things in place to help you. Furthermore, if you have fallen over an avoidable hazard, you also have to deal with the knowledge your accident was completely avoidable.
Avoidable hazards are normally dealt with by employers and other people responsible for maintaining or looking after a particular site or location. However, if they are missed or neglected, they could end up being the cause of a nasty accident.
Potential hazards at floor level
Avoidable hazards can generally be quite easy to deal with, but in some cases it may take more work to resolve them. However, even if the latter situation turns out to be true, there are still ways to make the site safe prior to remedial work being done. For example, barriers could be erected around an unstable and uneven pavement. Another example would be to cordon off an area completely and provide another way through if the hazard would make a particular route potentially dangerous to negotiate safely.
However, if such measures are not put in place, someone might very easily fall over and end up hurting themselves somehow. You could twist your knee badly and suffer damage to ligaments and tendons as a result. You might break a bone and require a cast for several weeks, which could mean you are unable to do all the things you normally would.
Why should you seek legal advice?
It is always a reasonable idea to ask an expert to assess your situation, because if you have fallen over an avoidable hazard there could be a clear case to answer in terms of a compensation claim.
You can find out whether this applies to your own situation simply by phoning Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. We’ve been looking at claims since 2000, and there is a chance we could assess your claim today and pass your details to a professional lawyer with extensive knowledge and experience of personal injury claims and compensation cases. Why not take the time to find out if you could claim with us today?
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead